The kids know who Santa Claus is. How could you not? They go to daycare and preschool, so they know about the guy with the white beard and the red coat. Nala's daycare owner asked Kaio, "What did you ask Santa to bring you?"
He didn't know what she was talking about. I told her that we don't give gifts from Santa at home. I just never thought to perpetuate the Santa myth in my house. It seemed silly. Why should we pretend?
Then something magical happened that made me change face and realize that next year we are going to embrace the Santa Claus Magic.
Christmas eve Kaio was downstairs with my mom while I was baking a traditional Romanian holiday cake (only making it gluten free ;)) She comes upstairs to tell me that the TV just asked Kaio what he wanted from Santa Claus and he said responded to the TV, "A propeller airplane!"
She was freaking out, "We have to get him a propeller airplane, he said that is what he wants from Santa."
Well there was not much that I could do at that point, being 5:30pm on Christmas eve just an hour before we were set to leave for my dad's Christmas Eve dinner. Kaio did already have a wooden propeller airplane, and I thought I could box that up and gift to him. lol. as if he wouldn't remember it was already his.
A bit later when Mari returned home, I asked Kaio myself, "What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?"
Again, he responded he wanted a propeller airplane. Then I started to really distress, like, oh no. I guess that he really does want one.
I looked to Mari, "What do we do?"
He half smiled with assurance, "Don't worry, I have something."
There was the magic. Two days ago Mari had visited a craft store to buy some candy for his coworkers and saw an airplane kit that he felt compelled to get for Kaio. We don't usually exchange gifts. The kids get plenty of gifts from extended family. So why should we go out and purchase more toys? Mari did not seek a toy for Nala. Just this one model airplane that he thought Kaio would like. Oh, and it happened to be a propeller airplane too.
I would have never guessed on the first shot that this would be Kaio's Santa wish. He is so much more into trains than anything else. So I really believe that Santa was out there, watching for his kids; making sure that all the little ones have their Christmas wishes come true. Even if their parents don't believe.
On Christmas when we were almost done exchanging the gifts and when Kaio was siting down with his uncle building a Lego firetruck - and in-the-zone, I brought Kaio the bag and said it was from Santa. He opened it and was slightly interested that it was a plane. But when he saw the propellers, he turned ecstatic.
Stop the press on the Lego truck, we've got to build this propeller plane now!
He carried it around all day, proud that Santa had heard him and brought him a plane. "Look Santa Claus brought me a propeller airplane for Christmas!" One little kid in a world of billions, getting his modest wish.
That was our magic. And now I'm not going to consider Santa as a myth that we have to lie and pretend about. I'm going to see this as an opportunity to imagine. How often do we get to play out fantasy as adults anyways? So I'm going to embrace the chance to role play and we will go all out next year. Cookies and milk and all.